Tobacco use is the number one cause of death and illness that is preventable. Efforts to reduce and discourage tobacco use contribute significantly in promoting the health of British Columbians and reducing healthcare costs. In the past few years, vaping has become popular among youth. There is concern that this will lead to increased rates of nicotine addiction and exposure to harmful chemicals.
Vancouver Coastal Health uses a comprehensive strategy to reduce the harms and burden of tobacco and vapour products use and build capacity in communities. The program focuses on three areas:
Tobacco & vapour reduction:
Prevention: To prevent the use of tobacco and vapour products, especially among children and youth as well as help them make an informed decision
Protection: To protect people from the harms of second-hand smoke and vapour/aerosol
Cessation (intervention and treatment): To support and train healthcare providers in the treatment of nicotine addiction through cessation and harm reduction.
Tobacco & vapour enforcement: Ensuring tobacco and vapour product retailer compliance with respect to the Provincial Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation.